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10 September 2020

International Construction Law Conference

KCL Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution in collaboration with the Academy of Experts invite you to this online conference. Thu, 10 September 2020 09:30 – 18:00 BST
07 September 2020

London International Disputes Week 2020

We are pleased to announce that London International Disputes Week (LIDW) is returning for a second year in September 2020. Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be associated with this key event, which celebrates London as a global centre for dispute resolution. 7 – 11 September 2020 For more...
04 August 2020

Comparing the fault standards in Australian and UK shareholder class actions

Continuous disclosure obligations applicable to shareholder class action claims have been the subject of much debate in Australia in recent years. Recent amendments to the continuous disclosure provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) are intended to reduce opportunistic shareholder class...
03 August 2020

Biodiversity Net Gain Podcast Series

The embedding of environmental net gain is a headline of the UK Government’s 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment.
03 August 2020

Legislating for LIBOR transition: UK/EU jurisdictional battle or complementary regimes?

The European Commission has published its proposals for an EU legislative solution for the transition of legacy LIBOR contracts.
03 August 2020

Governance: CORPORATE INSOLVENCY AND GOVERNANCE ACT 2020 - SOUNDBITE SERIES (UK)

Welcome to our soundbite series on the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 which came into effect on 26 June 2020. The provisions of the Act are complex and could have significant impact on companies in distress and their creditors, particularly landlords, suppliers, financial services...
30 July 2020

Funded class actions under the spotlight: Australian Federal Government introduces new regulations

On 24 July 2020, the Australian Federal Government introduced new regulations, removing the ‘managed investment scheme’ ( MIS ) and other financial services regulatory exemptions that apply for litigation funding schemes used in class actions.
30 July 2020

Human rights arguments increasingly deployed in climate change litigation

There has been a significant rise over the past five years in the number of climate change claims that have been based (at least in part) on human rights principles, according to the latest report from the London School of Economics Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment...
29 July 2020

Pressure points: Trustees and administrators prepare for what’s ahead: Ombudsman to see a rise in complaints due to Covid-19 (UK)

The Pensions Ombudsman recently published both its Corporate Plan 2020-2023 and Annual Report for 2019/2020, which reveal that the number of enquiries the Ombudsman received has significantly increased in the last year. In addition, the Ombudsman expects the number of complaints to “undoubtedly”...
28 July 2020

General Counsel Update, July 2020

This is the latest in our series of general counsel updates which aim to summarise major developments in key areas.
28 July 2020

UK autonomous sanctions underline importance of human rights due diligence

The importance of human rights and robust human rights due diligence was underlined earlier this month, by the UK government’s introduction of the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 (the “ Sanctions Regulations ”). The Sanctions Regulations are the UK’s first autonomous sanctions...
27 July 2020

Amendments to Queensland’s security of payment regime

Amendments to Queensland’s Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 ( BIF Act ) have now passed, simplifying the project bank account framework and amending the rights and obligations of all parties involved in construction contracts in Queensland.
27 July 2020

Webinar: Workplace manslaughter developments in Australia – A national snapshot

Nearly all Australian States and Territories have approached the law around Workplace Manslaughter differently, in a further departure from the proposed ‘harmonisation’ of safety laws. The introduction of these very serious criminal offences is the topic of discussion in boardrooms, executive teams...
27 July 2020

Summary of key EU Merger Control developments

Our Brussels competition experts have contributed a chapter to Global Competition Review's 2021 EMEA Antitrust Review, which is now available and can be downloaded through the link below.
27 July 2020

The Prevention Principle – An irreproachable concept?

We recently spoke with Thomas Lazur of Keating Chambers on the "prevention principle." Our discussion can be listened to here , and this article supplements that discussion and considers further some of the key points raised during our conversation.